Puʻu ʻOʻo Trail

Puʻu ʻOʻo Trail, Hilo: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Puʻu ʻOʻo Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Puʻu ʻOʻo Trail
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ3,170 contributions
A unique and beautiful landscape. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers!
Mar 2020
I can easily see a TV show that takes place on an alien planet being filmed here. There are spots where you can only see lava rock and there are parts where you are in a dense "forest" (not sure what to call it) with beautiful plant life.

If you choose to visit this trail, wear boots or sturdy sneakers. I suggest that anything open toed or without proper support will result in cuts or twisted ankles. This is not a groomed flat path, it is rocky and the plant life grows into the path.

A wonderful side trip when on Saddle Road, or even a great destination if your intention is to go hiking. Either way, a worthwhile attraction.
Written August 31, 2020
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,308 contributions
NOT the trail located at the National Park
Feb 2020
This trail is NOT the Puʻu ʻŌʻō in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, it seems from some of these reviews posted here that folks are confusing this trail with that one. This trail is part of the state’s Nā Ala Hele trail system.

You can access this hike one of two ways between mile marker 22 and 23 off of Highway 200/Saddle Road.

I recommend sturdy boots for this hike. The hike is above 5000 feet, consider appropriate attire. There is a shorter version and longer version of this trail. Be sure to understand which one your doing and plan accordingly. The shorter version is fairly well marked.
Written February 18, 2020
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johnsok5
Chicago22 contributions
Excellent sampling of lava fields & rainforest islands
Jan 2020
Out and back hike. Great hike to experience different types of lava and rainforest. Little elevation change and able to adjust desired length.
Written February 1, 2020
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Jeffrey D
Starkville, MS2,079 contributions
A truly unique landscape
Dec 2019 • Couples
This 7.4 mile trail once linked up to a network that reached Kīlauea, but was cut off by lava flows. The two ends of the trail now terminate on the east side of the Saddle Rd. about a mile apart. The trail is fairly well marked in most areas and takes you through Ohia and koa forests where you stand a good chance of hearing, if not seeing, some of the unique endemic bird species that rely on these forests. Make sure to pack for variable weather and take plenty of water. Good hiking shoes are a must.
Written December 25, 2019
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eaglecadd
Kailua-Kona, HI340 contributions
A good hike to see the high country in Hawaii
Jun 2019
I've done this trail as a day hike a couple times. It is sort of strenuous and over some rough ground so wear your hiking boots. That said, I think it is worth the effort through the trees and over the lava. There is even a lava tube to look down into.
Written November 22, 2019
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Revup67
5 contributions
O' O is right
Oct 2019
The second part of this trail head name "O O" is right, read on.

Great trail especially for those who are seeking the endemic bird species of Hawaii such as the Iiwa, Hawaii Creeper and Apapane.
However be forewarned of the rapid change in weather. As we exited our vehicle and headed to the trail entrance the rain was an on off mist, about 1 mile the rains came down at a moderate pace for about 2 minutes but then stopped. We pressed forward. There is no rain shelter anywhere on this trail.

We had rain gear and a back pack with a rain shield and went prepared with water proof hiking shoes. At approximately 1.6 miles in at the second forest layer, the rain was light but suddenly we let out an "O O" as a first loud thunder was heard. Within moments the heavy rains came, then more continuous thunder, then winds then hail and then lighting! Needless to say navigating on old molten lava in a monsoon down pour was treacherous as we had at least a 30 minute hike back. The rain never let up and in fact got worse and worse. Just before the trail head exit it lightened up slightly. We actually walked past a rainbow as well. Many trail crevices filled quickly with rain water. In all, be well prepared and take an extra set of shoes and clothing along with towels in your vehicle as well as an ice pack if in the event you slip and fall. protect your phone and all other electronic gear. Have fun be safe and good luck
Written October 30, 2019
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Lee
10 contributions
Outstanding find
Aug 2019
This very unique trail on lava flow winds its way around old growth forests following a clear path marked by cairns. We arrived on a very misty morning and hiked in for about a mile. We didn't see the amazing birds that we hoped to find but found the trail to be a real discovery. We plan to go back and hike in farther on our next trip either with a guide or on our own.
Written September 22, 2019
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wej86
Flagstaff, AZ21 contributions
Wonderful hike through lava and forests
Apr 2018 • Couples
Saw Hawaiian hawk and 'Elepaio and 'Apapane et al. in kipukas along the hike with our guide from Hawaii Forest and Trail, very knowledgeable guide. Food was great for a field trip
Written April 22, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Hike to see ocean lava entry
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is the vent that lava is flowing from into the ocean and you can drive up to a certain point then the road is closed. You will have to hike 2 - 3 miles to the ocean entry point where lava is flowing into the ocean. If the conditions permit you should see lava. On our visit it was steaming too much to see any lava going into the ocean. Still a spectacular sight.
Written July 5, 2017
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Ryan G
Vancouver, Canada704 contributions
Great area to visit
Mar 2017 • Couples
We went through here during a tour that left from Hilo and we really enjoyed it. We got to see some of the more recent lava flows which were really unique.
Written March 24, 2017
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